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23 October 2018


Part 4 of this series continues with the events in the world and the Association's minutes for the year 1947. Jean writes:

In January Britains coal mines were nationalised and the meat ration reduced to a shillings worth per person per week. The weather was severe, power cuts causing chaos throughout the country. By February thousands of homes were without heat or light and most football matches were cancelled; and Churchill was saying that 'We must build a United States of Europe'. In April flooding killed two million sheep and damaged 500,000 acres of wheat. On 20th November, Princess Elizabeth, the heir to the throne, married Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey.

Issues discussed by the Committee at its meeting on 10 February 1947 included concern about the activities of the Fried Fish Shop in High Beeches (which was operating as a fish factory with its vans crowding the area); the removal of wartime Air Raid Shelters (work had started on the one at Ruxley Corner, and others would follow); and news about building on the North Cray Estate. Here, it was reported, The Grove was to be continued, to end in a loop. 

At its meeting on 14 April concern was expressed about the permanent use of "The Gattons" as an engineering yard, which was against the amenities of the area. 

In May the Committee noted that a new type of pig-bin had been placed in The Spinney. 

The AGM was held on 29 September at the Village School in North Cray. About 40 members attended. Membership was now 103 (only 64 the previous year). Income was £10.6s.0d. Expenditure = £11.4s.10d, a deficit mainly due to printing the Rules etc. Cash in hand = £3. 6s. 0d. 

The business discussed mostly concerned Parsonage Lane: its overhanging trees, the speed of vehicles, its lights and allotments for the residents of the 'temporary houses' (the prefabs in what was later to be known as Gattons Way). Also discussed was the removal of the Air Raid Wardens post in High Beeches. 

At its meeting held at No. 19 High Beeches on 15 December, the Committee agreed that the UDC should be asked to issue an Interim Preservation Order to protect the Oak tree in The Grove. It also noted that there was no road sweeping or road lighting for the pre-fabs in Parsonage Lane (area later Gattons Way)